The historic seafront building, a former hotel built more than a century ago, is now available for marriage ceremonies following an extensive refurbishment. The new service, available on Fridays and Saturdays, follows an invitation to council staff to come up with ideas to promote revenue-generating ideas – and today’s bride has come from distinctly close to home.

Tracy Morrison, Fylde Council’s director of corporate resources, will walk down the aisle on Friday with groom Andrew Manning – and she and fellow council officials are hoping many more such ceremonies will follow.

“There really is no better place to tie the knot with Andrew than in such elegant surroundings,” said Tracy. “We are really thrilled to be the first couple to get married here.” The reception room, in which Tracy and Andrew’s ceremony will take place, is one of two rooms being made available for wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. The other is the council chamber, reopened earlier this year as a key element of a £2m refurbishment of the premises, which was the Southdown Hotel until becoming Lytham St Annes’ town hall in the 1920s.

As featured on the Blackpool Gazette website here.



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